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No Euro For Arsenal As Former Coach Unai Emery Leads Villareal To Hammer Them 2-1

Arsenal vs Villareal

BEVERLY HILLS, May 06, (THEWILL) – Former Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery, returned to exact vengeance on the Emirates club that replaced him with their current manager, Mikel Arteta, and confirm his status as the Europa League King, when his new side Villarreal played with composed defensive discipline to knock the Gunners out of the UEFA Europa League on a 2-1 aggregate score.

The hosts failed to score the all-important goal that was all they needed to quality, hitting the woodwork in both halves, and that could have ensured an all-English Europa League final, the same way there is an all-English UEFA Champions League final, just as it was in the 2018/2019 season.

Villarreal stubbornly held Mikel Arteta’s men to a goalless draw and, in truth, the Gunners will have no one else to blame but themselves as they did not create enough nor push hard enough on the night to feel too hard done at missing out on their last chance of Champion’s League qualification in next season’s competitions.

Emery’s plan to have Villarreal sit back and frustrate the Gunners did what it was measured to do. In fact, but for the reflexes of Arsenal keeper, Bernd Leno, the visitors could have added to the frustrations of the hosts because they had good chances to pile on the pressure, especially through striker Gerard Moreno.

Arsenal’s misfortune is only worsened by the fact that a more clinical striker in front of their attack could have put in a lot more than two goals against a goalkeeper like Geronimo Rulli who looked vulnerable throughout. He very nearly gave Arsenal the opener through a howler as he made a hash of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s long-range effort.

But, since the Gunners were not sharp enough on the night, as they appeared to be in their last match in their domestic League against Newcastle United, they did not put him under enough sustained pressure and Rulli finished the night with a clean sheet.

The barren result was enough to condemn the Gunners to another fruitless season but give Emery another good shot at a Europa title in his fifth final and the opportunity for his fourth trophy. It might be a long shot against a free-scoring Manchester United, who qualified through in the other semi-final, but Emery cannot be underestimated any more, at this point.

Villarreal and Man U will clash for ultimate prize on May 26, at the Stadion Miejski in Gdańsk, Poland.